Breathing air symposium at ISAS
On October 4th, ISAS and the G.A.S. Gesellschaft für analytische Sensorsysteme mbH organize a breathing air symposium in Dortmund. The talks will cover topics like on-line control of anesthesia or detection of respiratory inflammation with ion mobility spectrometry. The symposium starts at 4 pm at ISAS Campus, Otto-Hahn-Str. 6b. See the program and registration form for more information.
bio.dortmund network meeting at ISAS Dortmund
The life science institutions around Dortmund have decided to work together more closely, and they start their collaboration with a bio.dortmund kick-off meeting called “Biotechnology marketplace”. The meeting takes place on September 28 at ISAS, Otto-Hahn-Str. 6b, starting at 9.30 a.m. In addition to interesting Keynote lectures, there will be several talks from inside the institutes and companies as well as a company and poster presentation. Entrance to the event is free, and no registration is required. Please check the invitation flyer for more information.
"Wissenswelten Metropole Ruhr", July 15 2011
On Friday, July 15, the "Wissenschaftsforum Ruhr" organises its first international science exhibition in the DASA in Dortmund. More than 40 scientific institutions from the Ruhr area present innovative developments for future technologies. ISAS participates in the event, presenting the work of its Graduate School.
Access to the exhibition is free after registration (fax form). If you need more information, please download the flyer (in German only).
ISAS Berlin at the “Day of Chemistry”
On July 13, ISAS Berlin is going to participate in an event called „Day of Chemistry”, presenting itself with a poster and a short lecture on “Analysis of thin organic films by infrared ellipsometry (IRSE)“. The annual Day of Chemistry is organized by different colleges in Berlin and Potsdam together with the IGAFA and the German Chemical Industries Association. It provides a forum for information exchange between students, researchers and industrial representatives of the region. This year – the International Year of Chemistry – the meeting is titled with “Studying – and after that?” Attendance is free.
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18th User Meeting for X-ray Fluorescence and Spark Emission Spectroscopy
On March 1st and 2nd 2011, the “User Meeting for X-ray Fluorescence and Spark Emission Spectroscopy” took place in Steinfurt. The meeting was organized by the German German Work Group for Applied Spectroscopy (DASp) of the GDCh. Alex von Bohlen from ISAS is one of its members.
For the 18th time, scientists, device developers and users from the industry met to discuss trends and new developments in their respective research areas. A total of 187 participants visited the free conference in Steinfurt. The bases for discussion were 29 lectures, three of which were held by ISAS scientists. Roland Hergenröder talked about “Near ambient pressure XPS – new ways in photo electron spectroscopy”, Martin Brücher held a lecture about “XSW – X-ray standing waves on diverse layer systems” and Alex von Bohlen talked about “A handful of roman coins observed in X-ray light”.
The next User Meeting for X-ray Fluorescence and Spark Emission Spectroscopy will take place at ISAS in Dortmund on March 6th and 7th 2012.
Visitor record at the DGMS conference
It was quite busy in the Audimax building of the University: About 480 visitors had come to the annual conference of the DGMS (German Society of Mass Spectrometry) held in Dortmund from February 27 to March 2. This meant a record attendance for this year’s conference.
The conference program (download as PDF) comprised six plenary lectures, different lecture sessions dealing with various subjects around mass spectrometry and a big poster session with nearly 200 posters in the Audimax basement. Also, five different workshops were offered right before the official conference opening on Sunday evening.
The participants discussed trends and recent developments in modern mass spectrometry. The discussed topics covered, for example, doping analytics, (environmental) toxicology, high-throughput data analysis and new methods for proteomics or lipidomics.
One lecture attracted particular attention: A plenary talk held by Prof. Metin Tolan about James Bond in the light of physics. Tolan gave his audience an interesting insight into Bond’s bag of tricks and proved that Mr. 007, by all rules of physics, must have quite astonishing qualities. He had the laugh on his side.
This lecture on Tuesday marked the beginning of the conference’s festive part. After Tolan’s lecture on impossible stunts and incredible watches, the participants went for the conference dinner in the Evonik lounge at Signal-Iduna-Park. Many of them used the opportunity to take a guided tour around Germany’s biggest football stadium before everyone started on the rich buffet. A table football tournament rounded up the evening. The winners were rewarded with hand-signed BVB tricots.
During the conference, different prizes were awarded. The Wolfgang Paul Study Award for outstanding dissertations, endowed with 5000 Euros each, went to Patrick Oßwald (University of Bielefeld) and Nico Zinn (DKFZ Heidelberg). Wolfgang R. Plaß (University of Gießen and GSI Darmstadt) was awarded the Mattauch Herzog Award (12,500 Euros) for his work on precision mass spectrometry of exotic short-lived nuclei. The Waters Life Science Award went to Andrej Shevchenko (University of Dresden), who got 5000 Euros for his contribution to qualitative and quantitative analysis of lipids.
Additionally, the “Agilent Research Summer” prize was awarded for the second time, giving a scientist the opportunity to spend two months in the Agilent labs for research. This year, the prize winner was Jens Sproß (Universität Halle-Wittenberg).
The best poster awards went to Rita Büchler (Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena), Stefan Kalkhof (University of Halle-Wittenberg) and Daniel Riebe (University of Potsdam).
Prof. Albert Sickmann and the whole organization team thank all participants for their visit and for an interesting and successful annual conference!
„Science meets Parliament“ at the state parliament in Düsseldorf
On February 24, politicians and Leibniz scientists from North Rhine-Westphalia met in Düsseldorf. During the day, the scientists visited the representatives in their offices. In the evening, all participants were invited to a party along with several other guests.
The opener of the evening was a panel discussion with the State secretary Helmut Dockter, with the former president of the German Rectors’ Conference, Klaus Landfried, and with the president of the Leibniz Society, Karl Ulrich Mayer. The twelve North Rhine-Westphalian Leibniz facilities acted as host of the event. The goal was to discuss socially and scientifically relevant topics in a casual atmosphere.
> Press release (PDF, in German only)
6th Workshop Ellipsometry in Berlin
The 6th Workshop Ellipsometry took place on February 21st to 24th, 2011. It adressed new advances and developments in science, technology and applications of Ellipsometry as well as related optical methods of metrology. Scientists and engineers from multidisciplinary research and application areas joined this conference held at the Technical University of Berlin. On February 24th there was an add-on synchrotron ellipsometry workshop at BESSY in Berlin Adlershof.